The Blue Grey Cattle Group has again attended agricultural shows this year. All producers and keepers involved in the shows have enjoyed the experience and the ‘craic’, welcoming many new inquiries for Blue Greys (as well as for Whitebreds and Galloways). The adjacent photograph shows the superb 4month old Charolais cross calf and Blue Grey cow, supplied by Mr Willie Porter of Glen Lyon. The excellent ‘yolk’ definitely generated interest and discussion at the show.
The Group is likely to attend the Westmorland Show (Thursday 12th September, Crooklands near Kendal www.westmorlandshow.co.uk/) and the Harrison & Hetherington Expo (Friday 1st November, Rosehill, Carlisle). We would be pleased to see you at our stand.
Upsurge in demand for Blue Greys
"The English Higher Level Stewardship Scheme saw a large increase in the number of Galloway herds in England, and it is hoped that some of these producers buy a Whitebred Shorthorn bull and begin to produce Blue Greys, as new suppliers are needed to meet increased demand for both heifers and bullocks" explained Karen Telford (Secretary, Blue Grey Cattle Group). The HLS support for pure bred animals (including Galloways) allows the progeny to be crossed with another native (such as the Whitebred) without any reduction in payment – any queries relating to this should be directed to Adrian Vass of Natural England.